Roanoke

Roanoke, VA from the Mill Mountain Star

Roanoke, Virginia, called the "Star City of the South" and "Magic City," is a charming city with beautiful views. A colorfully lighted 100 ft. Star atop Mill Mountain graces the Roanoke Valley. The city is situated between Virginia Tech and Smith Mountain Lake in Southwest Virginia. The Roanoke Valley has a population of around 300,000.

Understand

Visitor information

Get in

By plane

Roanoke Regional Airport (IATA: ROA), is also known as Woodrum Field. It is a public use airport 5.5 mi (6 km) northwest of the central business district of Roanoke. The airport is about 10 minutes from downtown and right next to the major city mall - Valley View Mall. Airlines serving the airport are Allegiant Air, American Eagle, Delta Air Lines, and United Express.

By bus

A Greyhound bus station is located on Campbell Avenue in downtown Roanoke.

By train

There is no train passenger service to Roanoke.

Amtrak stops in Lynchburg and Clifton Forge, both within two hours drive of Roanoke.

By car

Roanoke is at exit 146 on I-81, about 40 minutes north-east of Blacksburg, 40 minutes south of Lexington. It is about 4 hours drive from Washington and 3 hours from Richmond

Get around

The city layout of Roanoke does not lend itself well to effective mass transit, and in fact most locals never use mass transit at all.

By bus

The city does operate a fairly extensive bus system, Valley Metro, that serves most commonly-visited points in the valley. The main transfer points in downtown are along Campbell Ave SW near 1st street. A trolley called The Star Line Trolley runs in downtown along South Jefferson Street between Campbell Ave SW and Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital on the other side of the James River. Valley Metro began operating a new bus service in 2004 called The Smart Way that connects Blacksburg and the New River Valley with Roanoke.

The town of Blacksburg, a small college town not far from Roanoke operates Blacksburg Transit, has a far more effective mass transit system,. Many students at Virginia Tech do not own a vehicle of their own and rely on the "BT" for their daily commute.

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Eat

Roanoke has many nice restaurants, some of the notable ones are listed.

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Drink

Sleep

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Go next

Routes through Roanoke

Hagerstown Staunton  N  S  Salem Wytheville
Princeton Salem  W  E  Lynchburg Petersburg


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